Drug Treatment Programs – Which Do I Need?

One of the most intimidating parts of recovery can be researching and choosing a rehabilitation program or facility. There are many substance abuse treatment programs out there, and while they all promise to help you on your road to recovery, they each have their way of doing things. With all of this variety, it can be hard to know which is best for you or your loved one. Fortunately, there are a few things you can consider while researching drug or alcohol treatment programs.

Choosing the right type of treatment or rehab may seem overwhelming; however, if you or a loved one suffer from an addiction and would like to become sober, we would be happy to help. Give us a call today at 1-888-906-0952 to speak to an addiction specialist. They can discuss your needs and find a treatment program or rehab right for you. Let us make this whole process a little easier for you.   


The Effect of Addiction on Your Brain

Often referred to as substance use disorder, addiction is a demanding and dangerous condition. Whether through alcohol, drugs, or both, an addiction can severely affect your health. Many illegal street drugs have harmful side effects that can impact your entire body, but the worst side effect is how addiction changes the brain. When ingesting a drug or alcohol, the brain releases dopamine, making you feel happy and satisfied.

Drugs and alcohol, however, overstimulate the release of dopamine. In doing so, it damages the brain’s ability to release dopamine, making the addictive substance the only way to trigger dopamine release. Unfortunately, this rewires the brain’s understanding of action and reward. Other actions become less rewarding when you can take a drug or drink alcohol for near-instant dopamine release.  The overstimulation of dopamine release hardwires the brain for further addiction and addictive behavior.  


The Effect on Your Entire Life

Sadly, substance use disorder does not just affect one person. While the person with substance use disorder often feels the worst of the effects, those around that person, like their family, often suffer from it as well. This is because substance use disorder affects all aspects of a person: the physical, emotional, social, and even spiritual. Physical effects involve how it changes the body, including the brain.

However, emotional problems are typically at the root of the problem. Addiction often starts as a result of negative moods or emotions. These bad feelings contribute to addictive behavior and spread throughout the other parts of a person’s life, including their social life and social skills. When you’re in a negative emotional state, friends and family notice and somehow have to deal with it. Although this can take several forms, studies have shown that the effects of addiction are far-reaching, including within one’s family and community and not just isolated to a single person. This is why most rehabs offer family therapy.    

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Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

Receiving treatment for addiction in one of the many substance abuse programs available begins with detoxification. The aim of detoxification is for a person to reach a level of physical stability and sobriety. It is not an enjoyable process, but it is necessary. It is the first step toward recovery. During detoxification, your body metabolizes all traces of any abused substance and removes its presence from the body. However, even though the body is the one doing much of the work, detoxification should always be done in a medical facility under the supervision of medical professionals. As you go through detox, you’ll experience cravings and sometimes painful symptoms of withdrawal. Fortunatelywith the medical team present, some relief can be provided while they monitor the individual.  Sometimes, medications are administered to help ease craving and withdrawal symptoms.        

Yet, treatment for substance use disorder requires more than just becoming sober through detoxification. Cutting the substance out of your life and body is only the first step. Because addiction affects a person on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual level, it requires more than just physical treatment. Most drug treatment programs at a typical rehab facility will also include a great deal of therapy. Fortunately, therapy can be done in any number of ways. There is one-on-one therapy, group therapy, and unique therapies like music therapy, meditation, and yoga. The type of therapy that will work best for you plays a significant role in deciding which type of rehab is best.       

Inpatient vs. Outpatient Treatment  

One of the most notable distinctions between different rehab programs is whether they provide inpatient or outpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment involves living in a residential treatment center for an extended period of time. During this time, you’ll participate in various programs and classes designed to help aid in recovery. Here, they can get away from the world and all its triggers and focus solely on recovery. While attending, the focus is usually on identifying and acknowledging addictive behavior. Finding the emotional root and identifying triggers will help you be more prepared when reentering the world. This is typically after 90 days; however, treatment at inpatient facilities can vary in length, lasting anywhere from 3 weeks to 12 months.     

On the other hand, outpatient treatment consists of a lot of the same practices and goals; however, one does not get the same escape from the world. This is the main distinction between the two. At inpatient, one essentially lives in an environment tailored to recovery, but in outpatient, one lives either in their own home or wherever they think is best as they receive treatment. Because a person in outpatient care does not spend their days doing treatment and therapy, the treatment level can vary. However, for those who cannot walk away from their life entirely or feel like they can maintain their responsibilities while receiving treatment, outpatient treatment is a worthy, accommodating option. Studies have shown that it can also lead to lasting sobriety.       


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Holistic Rehabilitation 

In many alcohol and drug treatment programs, there is an acknowledgment of the need to treat more than just the physical effects of addiction. This is why most programs incorporate therapy. However, holistic rehabilitation is another effective option for those seeking rehab. Holistic rehab focuses not only on healing the whole person – physical, emotional, social, and spiritual – but also on establishing and exploring these aspects’ connections. Holistic rehab centers believe that you cannot achieve lasting recovery without understanding how these aspects influence each other and shape a person into who they are. They believe that the key to recovery is knowing and expressing oneself in healthy, non-addictive ways.  

Holistic treatment can take several forms; however, the most popular are some of the most unorthodox forms of treatment for substance abuse. One of the most widely used is yoga. Through practice, yoga can heal the body, mind, and spirit. It also teaches a healthy alternative to substance abuse. For example, when you face triggers, you can try to center yourself through yoga instead of repeating addictive behavior. Another popular holistic treatment is music therapy. During music therapy sessions, you can listen to music, create melodies, or even play along with songs. A commonly used practice is to have people with substance use disorder write their own lyrics for songs, encouraging them to identify and express their feelings regarding their addiction. While treatments like these may not be everyone, for some, they can be highly effective.    

Rehab Leads to Lasting Recovery  

There is no one specific treatment that is right for everyone. Every person has their own journey with substance use disorder, which means they each require their own unique treatment – not a one-size-fits-all approach. Addiction changes a person’s life and body, so they must essentially rebuild themselves as a new, sober individual to treat it. In doing so, they can engage in a variety of drug treatment programs. For some, inpatient treatment with a singular focus on recovery is best. For others, outpatient with its flexibility is just what they need. And in either, holistic treatments like yoga, music therapy, and art therapy can provide more engaging ways to discover and express oneself.    

Many rehabs await you out there, and despite some similarities, they each have their own way of doing things. If you or a loved are looking into treatment or rehab and want to learn more, give us a call today. Our addiction specialists are happy to speak with you. They can take your needs and preferences into consideration and help find a treatment that works for you. Addiction can be difficult to recover from, but sobriety is possible. With a little help, you can overcome it.    

About the Author 

Richard Morris

Richard Morris is a Phoenician and graduate from Arizona State University. As a student of literature, philosophy, and film, he can be found reading, debating, or watching any number of works. He believes a better world is not only possible but achievable through empathy and education.

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